Assessment, Prevention and Management of Falls - Level 7 - 7RD503

About this module

This module is aimed at increasing your understanding of how to manage patients a fall. You may be working in a general setting wishing to know how to identify and manage those at risk of falling or in a specialist osteoporosis or falls setting as an introduction to further specialist study.

Healthcare professionals working with older people are required to effectively identify the risk of, prevent and manage Falls. Falling is a multi-factorial syndrome and falls' related injuries and their consequences are a major health problem which is increasing in significance and impact on society. Practitioners must be able to critically evaluate current practices and fully appreciate both the assessment and therapeutic interventions available if competency and effective care is to be assured. 

This module aims to provide you with an appreciation of the patho-physiological processes involved and enable you to engage in and critically reflect on, assessment, treatment and monitoring of this health problem and hypothesise on its future impact on society.

You will study the definition of a fall, physiology of postural stability, risk factors for falls and associated risk factor tools, intervention strategies for preventing and managing falls and an overview of national guidance strategies.  This will include:

  • Definition of falls and fallers and consideration of the social consequences of this healthcare problem. Identification of direct and indirect costs. Associated injuries - including fractures and their impact on morbidity, mortality and quality of life.  The incidence, prevalence, circumstances and consequent effects. The intrinsic and extrinsic risk factors for falls, injury and fracture.
  • The physiology of postural stability and the mechanisms of motor control and the diverse factors affecting them. The integrative role of the visual, vestibular and somatosensory systems and the impact of ageing, sight, hearing and proprioceptive impairments.  Determinants of postural sway, musculoskeletal strength, muscle response synergies and associated risk factors, skeletal strength and associated risk factors.
  • Identification of and comparison between the risk assessment tools used for screening for, and assessing, falls and fracture risk. Use of reference data to identify and stratify 'at risk' individuals. Correlation of the multifactorial assessment outcomes (medical, gait and balance and environment) and the implications for the prevention and management of individuals at high risk of falls. Identification of validated screening and assessment tools used in clinical and research environments.
  • Consideration of intervention strategies for the prevention of falls, use of evidence based unifactorial and multifactorial interventions within multi professional approaches.  The role and effects of lifestyle modifications.
  • An overview of published guidelines and the developmental, operational and strategic aspects of falls management in the clinical setting.  The importance of integrated falls and fracture prevention and management services within a multiprofessional, multiagency infrastructure.

Learning Beyond Registration

Learning Beyond Registration (LBR) is a vital part of developing competent, capable health service practitioners prepared to deliver a dynamic, flexible, quality, client-focused service. If you're employed by the NHS in the East Midlands then you may be eligible for fee-free access to our LBR modules and/or programmes. You'll need to supply evidence of approval from your line manager and Trust Education Lead when you apply.

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Continuing Professional Development

CPD is a core element of every health and social care professional's development journey. We have CPD modules at undergraduate and postgraduate levels (levels 6 and 7), which have all been tailored to meet the needs of practitioners and managers working within the health and social care sectors. We have modules to suit nurses, occupational therapists, hand therapists, radiographers, psychotherapists, and those working within complementary therapies.

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Which professions is this module aimed at? All Health Professionals

Course code: - Module code: 7RD503

Start dates are usually: September and January

Module level: Level 7

Module credits: 20 credits

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module you will be able to:

  1. Critically evaluate the epidemiology of falls in older people considering socio-economic, political and personal consequences of falls and fall related injuries
  2. Critically review the issues pertinent to effective assessment, prevention and management of falls in older people
  3. Undertake analysis and critical evaluation of current service provision for those at risk of falls or who have fallen
  4. Evaluate and justify the requirements of a falls service.

Fees and finance

Studying via LBR

If you're employed by the NHS in the East Midlands you may be eligible for fee-free access to out LBR modules. You'll need to supply evidence of approval from your line manager and Trust Education Lead when you apply. Find out more at www.derby.ac.uk/lbr

Self-funded CPD

If you're self-funding, then the team you need to contact depends upon how you wish to study. Some modules are available online whereas others are studied on campus, through distance learning or a mixture of the two.

Where will I study?

You'll study for this course via on campus and online learning.

Contact details

To find out more about studying this module through the LBR scheme, please contact the LBR team:

T: +44 (0)1332 591992
E: lbr@derby.ac.uk

Or visit www.derby.ac.uk/lbr

For campus, blended or distance learning modules please contact the College of Health and Social care team:

T: +44 (0)1332 591703
E: hsc@derby.ac.uk